Biden asks Netanyahu in call for 'significant de-escalation today' in the fight

The leaders spoke on the 10th day of fighting between Israel and Hamas militant leaders who back the Palestinians

President Biden on Wednesday asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a "significant de-escalation" in the fight between his country and Palestinians.

Biden made the request in a call to Netanyahu, according to a White House statement on their conversation.

The leaders spoke on the 10th day of fighting between Israel and Hamas militant leaders who back the Palestinians – amid international pressure for a truce or cease fire, with the death toll now over 200. 

Biden also is asking Netanyahu to move toward "the path to a cease-fire," according to the Associated Press.

Hamas has reportedly launched over 3,700 rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip.